KANSAS CITY, Kan. — One man died and a woman suffered critical injuries Monday in what police are calling a disturbing case of domestic violence. It happened at 51st and Leavenworth Road. As of Tuesday morning, the woman was in stable condition.
Witnesses described a horrible scene just before 8 a.m. as people were headed to work and school. Witnesses told FOX 4 News they saw a man and woman arguing, with the woman trying to get away from the man. At one point, the man grabbed the woman by her hair or around her neck and dragged her across Leavenworth Road. As the woman fought back, witnesses say the man pulled out a handgun and shot the woman, and then stood over her and fired more shots into her body before shooting and killing himself.
Perhaps most disturbing for everyone involved was seeing the woman’s eight-year-old daughter only a few feet away. The girl ran over to the two bodies after the shooting and started crying.
“Beating on a woman anyway, then dragging her for everybody to see,” said Brenda Mosley, who witnessed the crime. “That’s not nice, and to do it in front of a little girl? That’s a coward.”
Police confirm that the woman has two children, the eight-year-old and a three-year-old. Witnesses said she may have been bringing the children to a neighbor when the dispute started. Police say the woman is critically wounded. The man is dead. Mosley and others say it was a terrible thing for them to see. They can’t imagine the trauma experienced by the child, who also witnessed the violence.
One person told FOX 4 News he saw the couple arguing outside earlier in the morning, but it didn’t appear to be violent at that time. Police are crediting lots of citizens for coming forward at this crime scene. Many people stopped their cars in traffic and got out to try to help the child and victims.